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R1m abalone bust at CT International Airport

Customs officials also seized heroine at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo on Tuesday.

FILE: Abalone. Picture: @SAPoliceService via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Customs officials have seized dried abalone worth R1 million and heroine worth more than R300,000 in two separate busts this week.

The abalone was confiscated at Cape Town International Airport, while the drugs were seized at the Beitbridge border post in Limpopo yesterday.

The South African Revenue Service says customs officials were tipped off by airline staff about a suspicious looking consignment at a cargo shed at Cape Town International Airport.

The package turned out to be almost half a ton of dried abalone valued at approximately R1 million.

It's understood the abalone had been declared as car parts and was destined for Hong Kong.

In the second incident at the Beitbridge border post, customs inspectors intercepted a woman suspected of being a drug mule travelling from the Democratic Republic of Congo.